Florida county’s empty kennel video sign of the times for animal shelters amid coronavirus pandemic

Florida county’s empty kennel video sign of the times for animal shelters amid coronavirus pandemic

Friends of Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control posted a video on their Facebook page showing an empty kennel for the first time in history. DEMUXER_ERROR_NO_SUPPORTED_STREAMS: FFmpegDemuxer: no supported streams One Florida county’s landmark moment, an empty kennel at its animal control shelter, is representative of a trend with more families welcome animals into their home as the nation battles the coronavirus pandemic. With more people staying in there homes, Florida animal shelters are finding their kennels to be more empty. That was the case in Palm Beach County, and celebrated by the Friends of Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control, who posted a video to its Facebook page showing that its kennel was empty for the first time in its history. While not empty, Central Florida shelters have been seeing more foster families and forever home adoptions since coronavirus concerns began spreading in March. “Our census is way down,” Boylston said. “We’ve seen massive numbers in adoptions and fosters. More people are at home and have more time to spend with a new pet, or maybe there’s just more people looking at how they can help the community, even if it’s just temporary.” Currently, Lake has 49 dogs, 24 cats, one pig and one cow available for adoption. Under normal circumstances, it has double that amount on any given day. Since March 1, Lake has had 90 animals stay with families as part of its shelter break sleepovers, where families foster an animal for about month. In 2019, the shelter only had 45 animals out on sleepovers during the same time period, Bolyston said. While Seminole County Animal Services couldn’t confirm at the time exactly how many animals it had, the shelter said its numbers were significantly down, as well, with an estimated 50 dogs in […]

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